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John Hollinger (12:12 PM)
three shopping hours left ... let's get right to it.
What do you think about Mark Cuban's complaint about the Sacramento/Hornets trade? I think he has a valid arguement, especially if the Kings do not even meet the minimum salary requirements. I'm not sure this trade would have been accepted by the league if they did not own the Hornets? And Cuban surely wants them to trade them CP3 now.
John Hollinger (12:14 PM)
The Kings part is irrelevant. The Hornets part? I think there's something to it ... but I also have to wonder how much he'd be carping if this were an Eastern Conference team. If Hornets' budget was merely "don't pay tax", then I'm not sure he has much of a complaint on the salary difference. But paying cash? That's iffy.
As a Jazz fan, I understand why they made the DWill trade. The draft picks are nice to have, but should I have any confidence in the Jazz drafting well? The past draft picks have been nothing to brag about.
John Hollinger (12:15 PM)
Exactly, that would be the main reason to be a little less enthusiastic about the deal. They're going to have two lotto picks this year, most likely, and perhaps another two next year, but over the last decade, other than D-Will it's been flop city.
Tucker (St Louis)
Everyone still dismisses the Mavs because of their past failures but isn't this a different team? Chandler/Haywood is a major improvment over past centers, Marion, Terry, and Kidd look solid, and Peja and Beaubioux look great so far.
John Hollinger (12:17 PM)
I pulled this question solely for the spelling of Beaubois. Dallas does look good, and the West looks very winnable this year ... but Peja is a replacement level player and it's tough to optimize minutes among three small guards (JT, JJ and Beauboixoisel'eauxsenicoise) and a fourth who needs to play big minutes in Kidd.
Worst owner after Dolan? I go with Sarver...
John Hollinger (12:19 PM)
The scary part is that he's not even close. Sterling, Dolan, Taylor (Minn), Heisley,... they at least got Cohan out of the game, but league's biggest problem that nobody wants to talk about remains the boobs who run half the franchises.
Will Marcus Camby get traded or released?
John Hollinger (12:20 PM)
Doubtful on the first, 0% chance on the second. Blazers seem more likely to be buyers than sellers right now.
As a Pacer fan, its disappointing to see all the expiring contracts, yet see no movement at all as the deadline nears. Will Larry Bird make any moves that set up the Pacers for the future, ie: picks or young players?
John Hollinger (12:21 PM)
OK, time for the annual reminder: EVERYBODY has expiring contracts. Those alone accomplish very, very little. It's expirings in concert with other assets that allow teams to make upgrades. Also, remember that anyone Indy acquired now would eat into their projected cap space haul this summer -- something they've been looking forward to for a long time.
Does Deron bolt New Jersey in 2012?
John Hollinger (12:22 PM)
I still say Clippers and Phoenix are the two most logical end-games for Williams, especially now that Baron Davis is out of the picture in L.A. Nets taking a huge double-risk that A) they can change his mind, and B) they can change his mind soon enough that he'll help recruit somebody good to join him this summer.
Do the Bulls pick up a SG today?
John Hollinger (12:23 PM)
If I had to bet I'd say no. Historically they've been pretty conservative on the trade front, and with such a bright future I wouldn't expect them to panic now ...
Are the Heat going to get a big man today?
John Hollinger (12:24 PM)
Doubtful. They're offering total slop. Unless they put Bosh on the market they really have no decent assets to use in a trade.
Would the Wolves and/or Rockets go through with a Flynn-Brooks trade straight up, or would there be other pieces involved.
John Hollinger (12:24 PM)
I don't get why the Rockets are interested in Flynn, unless there's another angle to this (salary dump, other players, etc.) that we aren't hearing yet.
Brett (Tulsa, OK)
What are the odds that OKC can grab Dwight Howard in the future?
John Hollinger (12:25 PM)
Minimal. Thunder won't have 2012 cap space once they pay Westbrook, and I don't think he wants to go there anyway.
Eddy (Rhode Island)
Anything for the Celtics today?
John Hollinger (12:26 PM)
We're hearing they want to use Marquis Daniels to get a mildly useful but healthier reserve wing player. Somebody like Anthony Parker or the like. I presume they'd use cash as a sweetener.
Would the Rockets really trade Battier for Thabeet + a pick? (PLEASE)
John Hollinger (12:26 PM)
Lots of Houston rumors going around but this one appears to have the most legs. Interesting that Memphis would pay somebody to take Thabeet after picking up his third-year option.
Dwight Howard (Orlando)
I'm going to LA, where I can let my comedy skills shine.
John Hollinger (12:27 PM)
Here's one to consider -- would he consider playing for LA's third team? Kings are going to have a ton of cap room and could very well be in Anaheim by then.
Do the Blazers make a move to make their chances of making a splash in the playoffs?
John Hollinger (12:28 PM)
Most likely move, right now, is a post-buyout signing of T.J. Ford. I get it from a talent standpoint but he's an odd fit in Portland -- an open-court player with a bad outside shot and a selfish streak, playing in a halfcourt system where he'll mostly be spotting up.
Ryan Schindele (Orlando, FL)
Will magic do anything today?
John Hollinger (12:31 PM)
They might have more incentive after last night, and historically the Magic have kept things close to the vest until they strike. But I'm not sure what deals are out there that make sense for them -- they're kind of painted into a corner with salaries and assets unless they want to deal Ryan Anderson.
Damon (Santa Cruz)
John, are the Jazz done dealing? What are the odds the Jazz could land Stephen Jackson? Someone else?
John Hollinger (12:32 PM)
Stephen Jackson makes no sense for Utah. I expect them to trade either Raja Bell or Andrei Kirilenko to reduce or eliminate their luxury tax burden, but time's running out and we haven't heard much yet.
I know it's not likely but if you could see the Spurs making any sort of deal today, what would it be?
John Hollinger (12:32 PM)
It would be for a low post defender who can hit 15-foot jumpers. I think they still worry about how they match up against Dirk and Gasol.
Any chance Rip gets moved? Anybody considering it? Thanks!
John Hollinger (12:33 PM)
Only chance is a Baron-type deal where the contract coming back is as bad or worse as the one that's sent out. That extension for Rip is a killer.
Jim Scher (Ohio)
Since I am a fan, I want an outsiders opinion on the Cavs trade today?
John Hollinger (12:34 PM)
Say what you want about your owner, but he just spent $12 million to buy you a lottery pick. You should be tickled. Understand that Baron Davis was the penalty for doing this and pray he can be rerouted someplace else as quickly as possible.
Any update on the Gerald Wallace to Portland situation?
John Hollinger (12:34 PM)
Nothing is "dead" until 3 ET, but this one is on life support.
Hal (New Orleans)
Hornets talking any more trades today? I like the C Landry move yesterday.
John Hollinger (12:35 PM)
Doubtful. They used up almost all their room under the tax line, giving themselves just enough to sign a bought-out vet for the minimum (something they're likely to pursue in the coming weeks). And they're basically out of tradable assets unless somebody takes a shine to Quincy Pondexter.
D. Waldron (Macedonia, OH)
Is it possible Baron Davis could be "re-routed" as soon as this afternoon? I still can picture him suiting up for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
John Hollinger (12:38 PM)
I really doubt it, Mo Williams needs to pass a physical before trade can be approved, and unless he has a time machine it won't happen by the deadline.
Adam (Madison, WI)
Have you heard anything about the Milwaukee Bucks making a possible small deal before the deadline? They are suffering from numerous injuries, but can still make a playoff push in the bottom of the east. Will Michael Redd have any possible suitors if the bucks take on his deal?
John Hollinger (12:39 PM)
Redd is interesting because of his huge expiring contract, he might be a piece in a blockbuster-type deal, but otherwise the Bucks don't have a lot of great assets right now. I don't think they want to move Brandon Jennings, and that's the one that would spark possibilities.
I am Andre Miller fan. I think he has unleashed Aldridge and kept the shorthanded Blazers competitive all season long. At the same time I can't shake the feeling that we're spinning our tires with the current roster. Do the Blazers need to make a change, or are we a legitimate playoff threat?
John Hollinger (12:40 PM)
Hard for me to see Blazers threatening any of the West's top four teams as presently constructed, but I've been told repeatedly that making the playoffs is a primary goal for them and working on next year, while important, is secondary. So if I had to bet I'd bet on Miller staying. Incidentally, Miller will also have huge trade value next year, so there's no rush.
Any more movement out of the Warriors? I'd love to see S. Curry sent somewhere this East Coaster can catch more of his games.
John Hollinger (12:41 PM)
They're going to try to repackage Troy Murphy before the deadline but are unlikely to find a taker. Otherwise it seems quiet ... the big fireworks from GST are likely to come this summer when the new owners decide who stays and who goes, both on the court and in the front office.
Do we get a last minute surprise with the Suns? Say Steve Nash shipped somewhere: NYK, OKC, ATL?
John Hollinger (12:42 PM)
Not happening, from all indications, especially since Suns' playoff hopes look dramatically more realistic with Williams and Melo suddenly gone from their playoff rivals.
Any word about CP3 being on the move? Orlando would be amazing with him.
John Hollinger (12:43 PM)
No. Unlike Denver and Utah, Hornets are going to walk the full mile with this one and hope either a franchise tag or CP's own enjoyment of team/city save the day.
Andy (Austin, TX)
Is being a first round speed bump to a hated rival really that important to the PHX ownership?
John Hollinger (12:45 PM)
I know it's weird, but I get the distinct sense that it is. They can spin it positive, however, and say that over 2010-11 their playoff series with San Antonio is tied 4-4.
Patrick (South Bend)
when you answer questions, do you attempt to answer all the issues brought up by the other questions you have recieved on a similar theme?
John Hollinger (12:46 PM)
Often yes, or I take the one that's most representative of the common theme. It's tougher on a day like today when the questions are just pouring in non-stop, but I'm trying...
Are the Hawks done trading? Or are they still looking to make a move
John Hollinger (12:48 PM)
I've been told they've offered Marvin Williams far and wide, and Zaza didn't play last night, perhaps being held out for a trade.
After all the talk of Denver pulling the Melo trigger early in the week to set up other trades things seem quiet. Are they going with the current roster?
John Hollinger (12:49 PM)
J.R. Smith remains in play, and I think Felton could be had for the right price too. But the fact New York took them under the luxury tax has removed most of Denver's urgency -- that was going to be the driver for other deals.
Kapono is most likely to be picked up by which team if bought out?
John Hollinger (12:50 PM)
Perhaps Miami given his previous history there, but I don't understand the rush. He's not any good. Even allowing for his deadly 3-point shot he's horrible, because he keeps stepping in and taking 2s, destroying the one thing that might otherwise make him valuable.
Josh (Knoxville, TN)
Do the playoff odds take into account the teams standing in the way of the favorites? I'm thinking of the Heat's struggles with Boston, but having a higher likelihood of winning it all. Or are regular season results not predictive of postseason outcomes? Thanks.
John Hollinger (12:52 PM)
We'll talk about this more as the playoffs get closer, but for some reason regular season match-up records are hugely important for first-round series and virtually worthless afterward. The one thing with Boston and Miami, which I wrote about earlier, is that Miami's method of attack is the exact thing Boston's D is set up to stop .. and ditto for Chicago, whose defense is essentially the same as Boston's since Thibodeau brought it over. So Miami could have two very bad match-ups back-to-back.
Really can't see Mike Bibby in a Wizards uniform ... I doubt there are any deals for him, but what are the chances he gets bought out?
John Hollinger (12:53 PM)
More likely to happen for Evans than Bibby. Tough to buy out a guy with another year left on his deal because once it's done you can't ever get rid of the cap number.
I don't get the Thabeet rumor. He's terrible and due 5mm next year. Is a mid to low first rounder really worth it? Why not just keep Battier and cross your fingers on sneaking into the playoffs? The Melo and Dwill trades help that aim.
John Hollinger (12:54 PM)
You have it backwards -- they're essentially being paid to take him with a draft pick. Anything he does on the court is a bonus.
John Hollinger (12:57 PM)
Live in San Diego in offseason and crazy about golf. Just think he'd rather live in southwest if he had a choice.
John Hollinger (12:58 PM)
apparently that last question didn't post -- somebody asked why I thought DWill would look at Phoenix.
Jeff Foster will be moved? Expiring deal and would help a contender in the West deal with the frontline of LA!
John Hollinger (12:58 PM)
Would have been if Pacers had kept losing, but now that they're playoff-bound it looks like Indy will keep him.
Jason (Nashville, TN)
Has Dwight Howard ever mentioned the possibility of, or do you think he would even consider, going home to Atlanta to play?
John Hollinger (1:00 PM)
I've heard mutterings he might like it here, yes, but Hawks would have to do some serious lifting to create that type of cap room. Another reason the Johnson deal was an example of myopic short-term thinking.
Are there any significant free agents in 2011 besides West. Seems like 2012 is the bigger market.
John Hollinger (1:01 PM)
It is, but remember the landscape can change quite a bit -- DWill, CP and Howard are on the board right now, but may very well have extensions inked before that summer comes to pass.
Joe Dumars (Detroit)
Should i get fired if i can't make a single trade today? My last trade was in July 2009 giving away Afflalo for the right to overpay Chris Wilcox.
John Hollinger (1:02 PM)
Ouch. Stones fans breaking out the sharp knives ... seems like the Pistons are once again vastly overvaluing Prince and Hamilton in the trade market, but we still have two hours so perhaps Joe is just starting the bidding high ....
John Hammond (Milwaukee, WI)
How did I go from being the GM of the year to filling a team with overpaid veterans and destroying any chance of the Bucks making the playoffs for the next 5 years?
John Hollinger (1:05 PM)
The contracts haven't worked out well, but with all that you have to remember that the two core players here are Bogut and Jennings -- and both were a lot better/healthier a year ago than they've been this year. That's been the main problem.
Now that the Cavs have Baron Davis, could they also deal for Gerald Wallace?
John Hollinger (1:06 PM)
Still can, yes, because their huge trade exception was unaffected by the Baron deal. Doesn't seem to be alive right now though.
John Hollinger (1:07 PM)
Alright everyone, time to hand off the baton. We have Chad Ford talking in our Daily Dime Live right now, and will be chatting continuously in there until 1 Am tonight.
John Hollinger (1:08 PM)
In closing, I'd just like to point out how crazy all the trade talk has us -- the Heat play the Bulls tonight, and not one person asked me about it. Enjoy the games -- you remember those, right? -- and we'll do this again next week.
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